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Why am I, a logged in WordPress user, seeing ads on my blog?

  1. I'm logged in. I'm looking at my own blog. The ad that I see is for WordPress premium, but it is an ad nonetheless.

    The blog I need help with is

  2. Are you referring to what you see on your dashboard?

  3. No, this was between the last line of my post and the "share this" buttons.

  4. I'll tag this thread for Staff assistance.

    Please post screenshot, upload it to your Media Library, and return to this thread to provide the file name so Staff can examine it.

    Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

  5. I saw one of those on another site I admin that does not have the No Ads Upgrade - they seem to be an extension of the "your visitors may see ads" addition for logged in bloggers on blogs that don't have the No Ads Upgrade - last week there was a blank box

    Replace the blank box with a buy something from WordPress.COM - a bit more in your face to buy an upgrade

    I am not staff but this is my best guess -

  6. I removed the tagging for Staff as the "About these ads" link makes it clear this is a placed ad.

  7. I said in my initial remark that it was an ad for WordPress premium. It is still an ad.

  8. I'll tag it again for Staff but I doubt that the ad will be removed.

  9. Yes, and it looks like we're going to be stuck with them.

  10. We can enable an AdBlocker on our browser(s).

  11. I'm just disappointed. I was planning to spring for a custom, but if things like that can show up, as it says they can unless you pay, yearly-- why waste my money trying?

  12. Thanks you for your attention.

  13. I would never spring for a custom design upgrade as first choice for an upgrade. My first choice is a domain mapping upgrade, and my second choice was No-Ads upgrades for both blogs.

  14. We run ads on our free sites from time to time in order to help pay the bills, as they say. Recently we have included ads for products.

    If you wish to remove ads from your blog, you may do so with the No Ads upgrade, as timethief mentioned.

  15. I assume the TOS has been updated to indicate that logged in users now see ads, the old TOS was logged in users did not see any ads - that has been changed?

  16. It still says that logged-in WordPress users do not see these (things we are looking at).

    Limited income. I take what I can get.

  17. I think that having a blog here is a good deal - I have domain mapping an no ads on my main site and think that is a good deal - 3gb storage & as much bandwidth and visitors as I can figure out how to get to my site

    Good luck with your blog

  18. There are Pages of unanswered threads and I can't believe this one keeps getting bumped.

  19. Not in the mood today - helped a few people today - got the middle finger for trying to help a jerk yesterday - have some other things like research for some new articles - remember as someone says on their blogging advice blog - fresh quality content helps build traffic

  20. I think these ads, as now popping up with other WordPress users, are also disrupting our blogs. I can't load pictures for a new post, but these ads show up in the preview before posting the post. I think WordPress needs to look at this issue ASAP before you alienate a lot of participants with WordPress. I mean, make us pay $30 for NOT running YOUR ads, what is the point of using a FREE web site for blogs.

    Joel Hassman, MD

  21. Oh stuff and nonsense!

    To off-set the costs of providing free hosting to millions of bloggers, has been running advertising on our free hosted blogs since 2006. Many bloggers do not know this because despite the fact they ticked the box required to get a free blog, they did not read the ToS. Many also do not read the advertising entry in the support documents after registering their username and blog(s). Also note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all.

    10. Advertisements. Automattic reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an Ad-free Upgrade or a VIP Services account.

    If the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts then provided you see this small About These Ads link what you are seeing is generated advertising.

    All of ads are family-friendly. If you feel an ad is inappropriate please take a screenshot of it, upload it via Media -> Add New to your Media Library. Then return to this thread to post the file name to let Staff them know it's there for them to view.

    Lastly, note to eliminate all advertising on our free hosted blogs we can purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.

    Do yourself a favor. Download an AdBlocker for your browser or purchase the No-Ads upgrade.

  22. If that doesn't suit then move on over to WordPress.ORG self hosting for a reality check. Then you will know how much it actually costs for web hosting and associated costs and you will comprehend the value of the features and support you get here.

    For self-hosting figure an average monthly total cost (including cost of a domain name) of about $10 to $25 generally, but that all depends on storage and bandwidth requirements.

    You will be responsible for all upgrades, installations, backups and troubleshooting. If you install a theme or a plugin that negatively affects your blog, then you have to figure out what went wrong and fix it. and are completely separate.

    1. Hire a web host

    2. Set up a install and equip it with a theme and plugins.

    3. Export your content out of your blog and import it into the install.

    4. Purchase a site redirect upgrade from or if you have domain mapping then update the nameservers

    5. Transfer subscribers and stats. See

  23. To Timethief:

    replies like the above do not motivate for continued use of WordPress. If you are going to offer a FREE service, you don't change the rules without notifying users first in personal contacts. But, there are other sites to use if they are up front with their agenda, and, after 10 plus months of this use, why is it happening NOW?

    Oh, just in time to ask customers using the free site to pay for an ad block. How typical of the current environment DC is our prominent example with PPACA!

    Don't bother to reply again.

  24. you don't change the rules without notifying users first in personal contacts

    The Terms of Service are found here and the change log is at the very bottom of the page

  25. AdBlocker extensions and/or addons for browsers are FREE!

    Chrome AdBlocker
    Firefox AdBlocker
    Internet Explorer AdBlocker

  26. Considering all I get for FREE from WordPress, an innocuous ad for the mother ship is the least I can bear. I've known all along, six years+, that my readers may see periodic ads, so I'm not overwrought now that I can see them too.

  27. @ifmomsaysok
    It seems we are on the same page. I'm grateful for what I have here. I've been out there in the cold and empty self hosting world. I have waited eons for answers that never manifested out there. Here support threads are answered quickly and politely. There are even those who provide hand holding step by step assistance rather than the RTFM "read the flipping manual" retorts that are common elsewhere. I prefer to be here where I'm coddled and cared for. :)

  28. Timethief,

    I agree with you as to the what we are getting is a good deal,etc., and that it is spelled out in tos...

    But you are missing one point. This is not the little red box that says, ads may appear here...This is a bigger ad for wordpress. The tos says that logged in viewers will not see ads, and yet we are. I'm not in anyway complaining about wordpress putting ads on free sites. But I have adblocker running and I am logged into wordpress, and there are ads on my blog.

    Here is a link to one post I'm seeing it on

    Just a simple question - no complaints - why? Is this a new change? or just a glitch? Because this might force me to buy the no ads. So it is a legitimate question for us to make a decision based on facts. Can you please just answer it without drama?


  29. @sylviacole

    NO that is not what the ToS states. This is what the ToS states:

    Advertisements. Automattic reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an Ad-free Upgrade or a VIP Services account.

    This is what the advertising (support doc) states:

    Note: To support the service (and keep free features free), we sometimes run advertisements from partners like Sharethrough and SkimLinks. We try hard to only run them in limited places. If you would like to completely eliminate ads from appearing on your blog, we offer the No-Ads Upgrade.

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